There are many cycling advocates in the city of Portland. I'm an advocate of alternative transportation, but to spend $600+ million on new bike-ways in Portland? I think that's rather ridiculous. We are not a European City as much as some would like to think we are. We are not Vancouver, CA even though many wish we were. Portland has a lot of people using alternative transportation and that is great. There is a pretty good bus and rail system here and already many bike lanes bike-only pathways.
I'm just not so sure this is part of the solution to Portland's traffic problems that are getting worse. How many more people will really ride to work it if the city spends over 30Mill a year for this plan? You could build another light rail train line for that cost and lots more people use the train than bike. A train from the SW areas of Tigard & Lake Oswego to downtown would help traffic tremendously (instead of the current Tigard "commuter" train that only goes to Beaverton). Do I even need to mention the drop off in number of bicycles in our garage here at work from Oct-April? Bike ridership probably cuts in half 6 months out of the year here. What a waste of 600million on construction projects that will only get used 50% of the year.
I really wonder what this city is thinking sometimes with where it decides to spend money. Do I even need to talk about the $400,000 cement "art wall" that is 200' long and meant to keep people from crossing 82nd street near my work? What a ridiculous expense and it's taken over 4 months to build!
Oh and another thing I've learned while living in Portland is don't criticize Portland or the people who live here. Locals will become highly defensive and any reading this will probably rail on me for my critique or call me a bicycle hater or something